Community Investment Input Sessions

CDBG Community Sessions Flyer

Washtenaw Urban County is planning on additional community investments in neighborhoods located on the Southside of Ypsilanti and we hope to work with local residents to make decisions through a collection of community input. 

In 2019, we held a series of community conversations, which resulted in the completion of a the new playground in Parkridge Park in Fall 2020. Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) and the City of Ypsilanti engaged over 100 residents living around Parkridge Park to identify and prioritize what type of investment they want to see in their community and residents voted that a new playground in Parkridge Park was their top priority.

** scroll down to see eligible project types **

If you live in the following neighborhoods south of Michigan Avenue, we hope you will join us for an upcoming community session:

  • Bell Kramer
  • First and Second Streets
  • Heritage Park
  • Parkridge Park
  • Forrest Knoll/Arbor Manor
  • Worden Gardens

Community Investment Input Sessions

Location: the pavilion at Parkridge Park
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
*masks strongly encouraged
* light refreshments provided

Location: Zoom video call (virtual session)
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
Zoom link: 

Location: Hamilton Crossing Apartments Community Room
Date: November 3, 2021
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
*masks and social distancing required
* light refreshments provided

Location: Outdoor patio at Arbor Manor/Forrest Knoll
Date: November 10, 2021
Time: 5:30-7pm
*masks strongly encouraged
* light refreshments provided

** Please stay tuned on this webpage for summary information from the input sessions as well as details for next steps  for the community investment process in late 2021/early 2022. **

The list below includes the type of projects that are eligible for funding:

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  • - Park planning - host sessions to hear input on what improvements are needed in the parks
  • - Park improvements (physical structures, fields, pavilion, tree planting, other amenities)

house graphic - Homeownership Assistance/Programs for low-moderate income households:
      - Homebuyer Counseling prior to buying a house
      - Down payment assistance for those looking to purchase a home
      - Home repairs for current homeowners
      - Solar panels and improved energy-efficiency for homeowners      

- Street tree installation
- Street lighting
- Addition of bike lanes
- Enhanced crosswalks

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- Sidewalk repair
- Street improvements
- Community Center improvements
- Demolition of abandoned buildings

Please note - When suggesting potential projects, please keep in mind the following projects are already planned and budgeted for by the City of Ypsilanti:

- Basketball Court - some concrete replaced, resurfacing and painting scheduled for week of 10/4/2021
- Pavilion - repairs to brick and concrete, new lighting (Spring 2022)
- Accessible path/park entrance near Community Center (Spring 2022)
- Installation of seasonal speed humps on Second Street between Michigan and Monroe (Spring 2022)
- Results of Route Ypsilanti project will be shared once feedback stage ends and information compiled.
- Reconstruction of Harriet Street, details TBD (2025)